Don’t Be A Quisling
”Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.”
– Psalm 89:8 (NIV)
‘Your faithfulness makes you trustworthy to God.’
– Edwin Louis Cole
Do you know what a quisling is? (It’s a real word. We didn’t make it up.)
If somebody calls you a “quisling,” you should be offended. It’s the same as calling someone a “Judas”.
You see, Vidkun Quisling was a politician in Norway when Adolph Hitler became the leader of Germany. When the Nazis invaded Norway in 1940, Quisling cooperated with the Germans, and the Germans rewarded him by making him the “prime minister” of Norway in 1942.
He sold out his king and his country to get what he wanted. He also imprisoned and killed people who were still loyal to the king but who had escaped to England after the German invasion.
After Germany lost the war, Quisling was arrested, tried, and executed by a Norwegian court. Ever since that time, quisling has been another word for traitor.
How would you like for your name to become a way to call someone a traitor? You don’t want to be known as a traitor, do you? You want people to think of you as loyal and trustworthy, right?
Of course you do. Most people do. Nobody wants to be known as a quisling, because betraying your friends, family, country, or God is wrong. But why is it wrong? Why does almost everyone despise what Quisling did? Why is it wrong to exploit others for personal gain? And why is it right to be faithful to your friends, family, country, or God?
Faithfulness is right because God is faithful. It makes you trustworthy, reliable and dependable. Faithfulness is right because being faithful is being like God.
The psalmist sang to God, “Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. . . . Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. . . . Faithfulness is your very character” (Psalm 89:1-2, 8). The reason that unfaithfulness is wrong is because that quality is not like God.
Furthermore, lack of faithfulness makes life difficult, unpredictable and frustrating. So as you demand faithfulness from others, ask yourself, ‘Am I Faithful’.
So don’t be a quisling in this season of Grace and Favor. Instead, be faithful to your friends, family, country, and God.
Dear God, your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. Please help me to be more like you. Make me and keep me faithful to you, to my family, to my friends, and to my country. In Jesus Name I Pray.